Wanapum pool heavy with salmon

An increase in the fall chinook run has far exceeded the earlier forecast, giving area fishermen larger daily limits than previously announced, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Anglers fishing the Wanapum pool on the Columbia River, between Wanapum Dam and Rock Island Dam, may bring in six chinooks daily, according to Travis Maitland, District 7 fish biologist.

He said the current estimate is close to 20,000 adult fall chinooks returning to the Wanapum pool. Maitland said that amount is four times the 10-year average.

Fishermen may hook and keep two adult chinooks under the new rule, at a minimum size of 12 inches. He added that fishermen may retain any legal size chinook, regardless of whether or not the adipose fin has been clipped or not.

The new rule is in effect until Oct. 15. In addition, fishermen must have a current Washington fishing license, as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement before casting their lines.

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